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Friday, May 31, 2024

Almas | Part 4

There is much interest in the alleged Almas, Almasty, and Almasti on the other side of the world. Let's take a further look at some of what has been found in Mongolia.

In the late 1800s, N. M. Przhevalsky received information on "man-beasts" during his trips to Central Asia. He never investigated any of those reports.
Professor Tzyben Zhamtsarano, a native of Mongolia educated in St. Petersburg, found himself in the middle of a political revolution. In 1907 he was sentenced to indefinite internal exile for his involvement. The exile was to his homeland in the far east area of the then-Russian Empire. Even after the Soviet Union replaced the Tsar's regime, he continued to stay in that location. He found it easier to continue his research in the quiet, remote area. And it made it easier for him to investigate the Almas.

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Professor Zhamtsarano interviewed at least a dozen Mongolian nomads who told him they had encountered the wild man. He made detailed notes of their experiences. And then he hired a local artist to work with the nomads in order to produce a series of pictures of the creatures they had seen. Also among his research notes was a large map of the Tien Shan region on which he marked each sighting along with the date.

Finally, he returned to Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1928. When he died in 1940, his archives were taken by the Leningrad Institute of Oriental Studies. The location of his work is unknown today and is thought to have been destroyed during the German siege of Leningrad in 1941-42.

In the 1960s, Dordji Meiren, one of the professor's research assistants, was asked what he remembered of the work done on the Almas. Meiren said that subject had not been his specialty, but could remember a little of what the professor had talked about and could recall a few details of the map. He told the interviewers that numerous reports had been made from Gourban Bogdin, Chardzyn, and Alachan districts. Meiren added that he thought some reports also came from the Khalkha, Galbin, Khovd, and Dzakh Sodgin regions.

Meiren went on to say that the professor believed that the number of reports declined drastically after around 1890 and that by 1925, the Almas seemed to have become extinct across more than half of its original range. He also recalled being shown the skin of an Almas male. Meiren described it as looking human and being a little over 5 feet tall. What set it apart from being human was that it was covered in dense reddish-brown curly hair. The hair on the scalp was much longer and densely matted. The face was hairless around the eyes and mouth with short, curly hair on the cheeks and forehead. The fingers and toes had nails similar to a human. Meiren did not know what became of it.

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This Post is By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of War has been met with great reviews.

[Please Note: Sadly Nancy passed away on the first of January, 2022. We will continue to honor her and her research by sharing her work. RIP Nancy. -Thomas]

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